1. Death After Hank Williams Jr. Concert Ruled Homicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Oakland County medical examiner's office has ruled as a homicide the death of a 55-year-old man after a confrontation with a teenager at a Detroit-area Hank Williams Jr. concert. Sheriff's officials announced the finding Friday as they ...

  2. Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

    October 15, 2013 11:05 AM EDT With 'It Goes Like This,' Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist As "It Goes Like This" shoots 4-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airpla ...

  3. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" rankin ...

  4. After Lady Antebellum and Band Perry, Who Will Be Next Country Stars to Emerge From State/County Fair Circuit?

    August 21, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Mockingbird Sun Lady Antebellum did it. The Band Perry did it. Now Mockingbird Sun hopes it can repeat the process. The band, represented by the Paradigm booking agency and HK Management but not yet signed to a label, played what could be a predic ...

  5. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Debut at Nos. 1 & 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 that ...

  6. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Take Top 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 th ...

  7. The Beat 7/16: Chris Brown Rules, Justin Bieber Sued, J.Lo Leaves

    The Beat 7/16: Chris Brown Rules, Justin Bieber Sued, J.Lo Leaves

    July 16, 2012 7:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Check out the premiere episode of The Beat, hosted by Jonathan Brooks. starships , jonathan brooks , cookie monster , featuredVideo2 , D'Angelo , Billboard , Call Me Maybe , Justin Bieber , fortune , Old School New Rules Videos Justin Bieber Ch ...

  8. Album Chart Preview: Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean & Hank Williams Jr. Aiming High

    July 13, 2012 7:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart should welcome a new No. 1 from Zac Brown Band , while Frank Ocean will rock the boat with his debut studio set. Further, country veteran Hank Williams Jr. is aiming for a big bow with his new release, &qu ...

  9. Summer Music Preview: Countrywide

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 Edens Edge Album title: Edens Edge Label: Big Machine Records Management: Virginia Davis, B.A.D. Release date: June 12 Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta offered Edens Edge a deal after seeing the band perform at the annual Nashvill ...

  10. Kenny Chesney: Chemistry And Strategy

    May 23, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 Kenny Chesney has sold more than 1 million tickets for eight consecutive tours and grossed more than $500 million since 2002, according to Billboard Boxscore. The streak will surely continue with the 2012 Brothers of the Sun tour, which begins a run o ...

  11. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, includ ...

  12. Jay-Z and Beyonce Join the History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 12:17 PM EST Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Miley Cyrus, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Osbourne, Lisa ...

  13. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dyl ...

  14. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 11:05 AM EST Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum a ...

  15. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 9:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and ...

  16. Jason Aldean and The Band Perry early CMA winners

    November 09, 2011 9:56 PM EST It's Jason Aldean's party at the Country Music Association Awards, but a melancholy song about dying young by rising stars The Band Perry is the early surprise. Country music's biggest night Wednesday started with unexpected appeara ...

  17. Hunter Hayes 'Storm's Billboard's Country Songs Chart

    October 11, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 H unter Hayes ' music career was born not long after he was. "By the time I was almost two, I was picking up everything and making an instrument out of it," the Beaux Bridge, La., native recalls. "My grandmother gave me a toy acc ...

  18. ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Monday Night Football' Theme

    October 06, 2011 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 After two decades, Hank Williams Jr. will stop asking sports fans "Are you ready for some football?" on Monday nights. His iconic "Monday Night Football" theme song will no longer run before ESPN's weekly game following the ...

  19. Hank Williams Jr. 'Doesn't Have a Prejudiced Bone in His Body': Manager

    October 05, 2011 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you ask Hank Williams Jr. a question, know that you are going to get a no-bull answer. The legendary country artist has always been that way. Fox News found that out this past Monday, as the singer appeared on the network's morning show, &qu ...

  20. Hank Williams Jr. Clarifies 'Extreme' Obama-Hitler Analogy

    October 04, 2011 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is retreating from comments he made Monday on Fox News' Fox & Friends comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. The longtime "Monday Night Football" singer issued a statement Monday afternoon in w ...

  21. ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song Over Obama-Hitler Comment

    October 03, 2011 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 ESPN is pulling Hank Williams Jr.'s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night's NFL game after the country singer famous for the line "Are you ready for some football?" used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing Pr ...

  22. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood Offer Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 8:41 AM EDT 0 0 0 Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief C ...

  23. Blind Boys of Alabama's First Country Album Draws Willie Nelson, Vince Gill

    May 07, 2011 9:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents. However, one longt ...

  24. Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country music stars Hank Williams Jr. , Keith Urban , Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music Televisio ...

  25. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  26. In 'Country Strong' Movie, Gwyneth Paltrow Channels Her Inner Singer

    January 07, 2011 4:22 PM EST 0 0 0 "Country Strong," out in theaters today (Jan. 7), represents an odd amalgamation of entertainment genres. Pop stars Britney Spears and Michael Jackson inspired the film's heartbreaking theme, fleshed out by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is cas ...

  27. Lee Brice Makes History with 'Love Like Crazy'

    July 18, 2010 10:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ee Brice made history when the Garth Brooks hit "More Than a Memory" -- a song Brice co-wrote with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana -- became the first single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Now he's maki ...

  28. Staind's Aaron Lewis Starts New Charity, Discusses Solo Debut

    July 06, 2010 10:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Staind frontman Aaron Lewis recently finished recording a country-tinged solo album, and in the coming months he'll meet with his bandmates to write the group's next album. But for now he has one main focus: to reopen his daughter's e ...

  29. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year ...

  30. Kid Rock Ready to Party as CMT Awards Host

    June 08, 2010 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party. "They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way - to have fun," he ...

  31. The Grascals, "The Famous Lefty Flynn's"

    April 16, 2010 3:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Plenty of bluegrass outfits shred as impressively as heavy metal groups, but few sing about the devil more evocatively than members of the latter genre. Nashville's celebrated Grascals manage the feat on their fourth album, "The Famous Lef ...

  32. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Susan Boyle, Willie Nelson

    December 31, 2009 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 $TILL NO. 1: Ke$ha says that the "$" in her name is an ironic ode to her belief that, "There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money." Regardless, the cash is pouring in, thanks to the success of "TiK ToK,&q ...

  33. Chart Beat: Jonas Brothers, Drake, Mariah Carey

    June 25, 2009 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 1: Jonas Brothers burst onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." The album, featuring first single "Paranoid" and "Before the Storm," a duet with Miley Cyrus, is the sibl ...

  34. May 26, 2009

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth. 2006 – Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, welcome their fist son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born in L ...

  35. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I ha ...

  36. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enj ...

  37. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for upda ...

  38. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2006 - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. ...

  39. This Day in Music

    September 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes f 2000 - Canadian rock group the Matthew Good ...

  40. Hank Jr. To Receive BMI Honor

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s 56th annual Country Awards, which take place Nov. 11 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizes the pa ...

  41. Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd Team For 'Rebels' Tour

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a run of co-headlining dates in August, beginning Aug. 8 in Oklahoma City. The shed tour, under the "Rock and Rebels" banner, will feature an opening act s Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team ...

  42. Pickler, Swift Big Winners At CMT Music Awards

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler went home the night's top winner at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, held Monday (April 14) at Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University. She wasn't in the house, but Kellie Pickler ...

  43. This Day in Music

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Australian artists including Kasey Chambers, "Australian Idol" winners Guy Sebastian and Casey Donovan, Jet vocalist Nic Cester, the Living End guitarist Chris Cheney, You Am I guitarist Dave L 2005 - Australian artists including Ka ...

  44. This Day in Music

    January 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. 2002 - Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapto ...

  45. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. 2006 - Sandy West, drummer for influential '70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He is 47. ...

  46. This Day in Music

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes f 2000 - Canadian rock group the Matthew Good ...

  47. Fifteen Nominated For Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Grant, Hank Williams Jr., Mac McAnnally, Thom Schuyler and Bob DiPiero are among the 15 songwriters that have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The slate of nominees, divided into songwriter and songwrit ...

  48. 23OnTV

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on TV listings for June 4-10, 2007. MONDAY, June 4 "Park City: Where Music Meets Film," WE Featured Artist(s): Marc Broussard, Joss Stone, Babyface, Shelby Lynne, Joan Osborne, Shawn ColvinJonny Lang, Daniel Powter, Keb' Mo' ...

  49. Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Strait Big Winners At ACMs

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood continued her ascent to country music superstardom by winning three awards at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night (May 15) in Las Vegas. Underwood took home top Carrie Underwood continued her ascent to country ...

  50. Underwood Takes Top Honors At CMT Awards

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2007 CMT Music Awards last night (April 16) at Belmont University's Curb Event Center in Nashville, taking home video of the year and female awards for "Befo Carrie Underwood was the big winner at ...

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